Since recently retired 7-time AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin let it drop on his Twitter page that he had offers to compete in WSBK in 2010, this breaking story has grown legs and developed a life of its own. As noted here at MotoMatters, it's rumored that the "very good machinery" that Mladin alluded to is a privateer BMW S1000RR fielded by Alfred Inzinger's Reitwagen Racing team. The latest development in this surreal saga comes from the intermittantly reliable Motorcycle News. According to MCN, rumor has it that a test is being arranged so that Mladin can ride the Beemer at Eastern Creek.
While this is the sort of story that motojournalists live for, especially in the dead of winter, one must wonder if this a massive joke being perpetrated by Mladin, who likes nothing better than to yank people's chains. When Reitwagen announced that their team would campaign BMW machinery, team management was careful to explain that the equipment that they would utilize would not be "factory" in spec and rather a stock based motorcycle with support from BMW. Although Mladin may be bored, its difficult to see the self-proclaimed "second highest paid motorcycle racer in the world" coming out of retirement to flail about tracks around the globe on an uncompetitive bike. Of course, things and people change and maybe BMW is upping the ante in order to attract a world-class talent. Time, as always, will tell.